Cyprus Marks Anniversary of Struggle Against British Colonial Rule



Source: Cyprus News Agency

Cyprus celebrated the 64th anniversary of the beginning of the EOKA struggle against British colonial rule, with commemorative liturgies and events held island-wide on Monday.

In Nicosia, the main service was led by Archbishop Chrysostomos at Saint John’s Cathedral in the presence of President Nicos Anastasiades and other officials.

Later on, prayers were said at the Graves of the Imprisoned inside the grounds of the central prison, and wreaths were laid on the graves of those who died during the 1955-1959 struggle.

In January this year, the UK government announced it had reached an out-of-court settlement to the tune of £1m over claims by 33 EOKA veterans who said they were tortured while in detention during the 1955-1959 insurgency.

The settlement stressed that the £1m (€1.1m) payment did not constitute any admission of liability, and set no precedent in respect to any potential future claims against the UK government. Legal costs will be assessed at a later date.

The British government said the decision was aimed at turning a page in the UK’s relations with the Mediterranean island.